Police claim arresting two senior Swat Taliban militants
10 July, 2012
PESHAWAR: Battagram police said on Monday they arrested two senior Swat Taliban militants planning attacks on targets in the district, seizing a number of suicide vests and other lethal weapons from them.
The arrests were made on Saturday and made public on Monday after initial interrogation and confirming the identity of the two militants, Battagram District Police Officer Ghulam Hussain told reporters. The arrested Swat Taliban militants were identified as Iqbal alias Qari Basit, a resident of Shangla district, and Ijazullah, a resident of Torghar district, according to the police official.
Qari Basit was accused of planning a suicide attack on public meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Amir Muqam last year in Battagram, killing several people. "Both were involved in last year's suicide attack on Amir Muqam's public meeting and also planning attacks on several other targets," DPO Ghulam Hussain said.
The police officials said an anti-aircraft gun was among the seized weapons during the search of a compound nine kilometres outside Battagram. Both the wanted militants were shifted to a high-security zone for investigation.